What are the Monkeypox isolation guidelines?
According to departments of public health, here are the isolation guidelines:
- Isolate in a room or area separate from other household members and pets when possible.
- Do not leave the home except as required for emergencies or follow-up medical care.
- Persons without an essential need to be in the home should not visit.
- Avoid close contact with others.
- Avoid close contact with pets in the home.
- Abstain from all sexual activity.
- Do not share items that could be contaminated by the lesions (for example, bed linens, clothing, towels, washcloths). Do not share drinking glasses or eating utensils.
- Routinely clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces and items (for example, counters, light switches) using an EPA-registered disinfectant (example can be found at direc.to/ibba or scan the QR code) in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Wear a well-fitting mask or respirator for source control when in close contact with others at home.
- Avoid the use of contact lenses to prevent inadvertent infection of the eye.
- Avoid shaving areas of the body with lesions as this can lead to the spreading of the virus.
- Do not share dishes and other eating utensils. It is not necessary for the infected person to use separate utensils if properly washed. Wash soiled dishes and eating utensils in a dishwasher or by hand with warm water and soap.
- If possible, use a separate bathroom if there are others who live in the same household.
- If there is not a separate bathroom in the home, the patient should clean and disinfect surfaces (for example, counters, toilet seats, faucets) using an EPA-registered household cleaning product (example can be found at direc.to/ibba) after using a shared space if the lesions are exposed (for example, showering, toileting, changing bandages covering the lesions). Consider disposable glove use while cleaning if lesions are present on the hands.
- Please refer to the CDC’s Home Infection Control page at direc.to/ibbg
I’ve tested positive for Monkeypox, do I need to isolate?
Are you able to provide a Monkeypox vaccine?
Carbon Health is currently providing the vaccine in select locations. Check out this page to see if the vaccine is available at a clinic near you.